Bills safety Tamar Hamlin was released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday, more than a week after suffering a heart attack that required resuscitation during a game in Cincinnati, after his doctors said they had completed a series of tests.
A press release from the Bills quoted Dr. Jamie Nadler as saying: “We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely discharged.” Nadler said Hamlin will continue his rehabilitation with the Bills.
After a two-day checkup at Buffalo General Medical Center, Hamlin goes home. He was transferred to Buffalo on Monday after spending last week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the 24-year-old from the Pittsburgh area experienced what doctors called “a remarkable recovery.”
The news comes as the Bills return to practice to host their division rival Miami Dolphins in Sunday’s wild card playoff game.
Coach Sean McDermott said it was up to Hamlin whether he would make the team.
“His health is at the forefront of our minds in terms of his situation,” McDermott told reporters. “We’ll welcome him back if he feels he’s ready.”
Hamlin collapsed on the field after hitting Bengals receiver Dee Higgins in the chest during what appeared to be a routine tackle during the first quarter of Buffalo’s canceled game at Cincinnati on Jan. 2.
He spent the first two days in the hospital in a coma. He woke up and was able to hold people’s hands in his bed, eventually coming off a ventilator and addressing his teammates on Friday.
Hamlin’s progress in recovering from what was considered a life-threatening heart attack was normal, and his doctors said he was able to cheer on the Bills from his hospital bed during last weekend’s win over the New England Patriots.
Recently, he has been tweeting his thanks to fans and medical staff. “Please keep me in all your prayers!” he wrote Tuesday.
Doctors said it was too early to comment on a possible cause of Hamlin’s heart attack. The press release did not provide any information on what the test revealed.
The Bills wore No. 3 Hamlin patches on their jerseys Sunday and honored their teammate with a three-fingered raise in the closing minutes. It was part of a league-wide outpouring of support for Pitt, a second-year player whose fall and terrifying aftermath during Monday night’s game were seen by millions of television viewers. Paramedics frantically worked on Hamlin for several minutes as an ambulance stood on the field.
In the days that followed, $8.6m in GoFundMe donations went towards Hamlin’s Toy Drive fundraiser, which will be used to support youth through education and sports.
“Did we win?” He will also use the proceeds from the sale of new t-shirts emblazoned with With his arms in the shape of a heart, to raise money for the trauma center in Cincinnati that initially treated him.